Eighteen persons were burnt beyond recognition on Sunday night during a head-on collision between a lorry and a Toyota Hiace 18-seater bus in Buzaye Village, along Bauchi-Jos road
The accident occurred at 10.45 pm., few kilometres away from Bauchi, witnesses said.
The Police Public Relation Officer of the state command, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the accident occurred when the truck heading towards Jos collided with the fully-loaded 18 seater bus coming from Abuja.
As a result of the collision, the bus caught fire, Mr. Mohammed said.
The police spokesperson identified the vehicles involved in the accident as a DAF Truck with registration number XC-675-BAU, and a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number BAU-148-XR loaded with 18 passengers.
“Eighteen victims were certified dead, among whom were seventeen passengers burnt beyond recognition,” Mr. Mohammed said. “Their Corpses were deposited at the Mortuary for postmortem examinations.”
According to him, the police patrol team attached to to the GRA Division and men of the fire service from Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic rushed to the scene, put out the fire and rushed the victims to ATBU Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.
The police spokesperson said so far two victims have been identified – the bus driver (Alhaji Adamu Maijama’a, of Jahum, Bauchi, male and 45 years of age) and a passenger (Yahaya Umar, of Unguwan Dawaki, Bauchi, male and 41 years of of age).
He said the case was under investigation and that effort was on to ascertain actual cause of the accident.
Mr. Mohammed urged members of the public whose relatives travelled from Abuja to Bauchi on Sunday to visit the motor parks in Abuja and check the passengers’ manifest or report at the ATBU Teaching Hospital Bauchi for identification of victims.
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